BlackBerry shows off Q10 design sketches

BlackBerry’s physical QWERTY keyboard is making its triumphant return on May 1st. Loyal BlackBerry users have been patiently waiting for this smartphone to arrive, and surely thousands will flock towards it. We’ve put our thoughts down in our review of the Q10 here, but BlackBerry designers have taken the time to show us early sketches and also give a deeper insight into the evolution of their newest iconic smartphone.

The Q10 has a 3.1-inch 720×720 display, 1.5Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor, 8MP shooter, overall dimensions of 119.6 x 66.8 x 10.35mm with a weight of 139 grams. At first glance it looks like an updated Bold 9900 and Bold 9780, but more stylized. Since the Q10 has a touchscreen there was no need to include the dedicated menu keys or the track pad, which apparently made the display 30% larger.

The frets that separate the keys are made of stainless steel. This look also transitioned to the back of the Q10 where it’s slightly raised to help “preserve the finish.” In addition, “the glass-weave and soft touch coating used on the back cover is exclusive to the BlackBerry Q10 and have been years in development. By forming the glass weave in to a 3D shape, we have made it incredibly strong.” The Q10 frame is constructed of forged 304 stainless steel that has a black PVD finish to help reduce scratches. According to BlackBerry each frame takes 20 minutes to produce.

Finally, another piece of Canada was included into the Q10. Rod McDonald, a Canadian typeface designer, designed the font and it’s called Slate Pro.

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